Break-ins Continue at Johnson County Food Pantry

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A church food bank in Johnson County, Ky., is dealing with a string of thefts that could be taking food off the tables of needy families.

"In the last two years we have been broken into six times," said Dan Heaberlin, pastor at First Church of God

Heaberlin says the most recent theft happened just last week.

"They tried to get in the kitchen window and then realized he couldn't get in that way, so he went over to the other window and it was locked, so they busted it in unlocked the window and pulled the window out," Heaberlin said.

Paintsville Police Chief Steven Sluss said, "They made entry into the office and went through desk drawers and located a key and unlocked the desk drawer."

Officials say the thief got away with about $70 cash, leaving some folks aggravated.

"Why would somebody break into a church that does so much for the community. We gave out last year over 500,000 pounds of food, and that is a lot of food," says Heaberlin.

Church officials say the money that is being stolen plays an important role in their food bank ministry, as it is used to operate the trucks that pick up supplies three times a week.

Heaberlin says that $70 would have provided fuel for at least one month and explained, "Five dollars makes a difference to us, because we can feed a family of three for about 15 dollars a week."

Folks at Tuesday's food pantry giveaway were also upset by the crime.

Randall Selvage goes to the food pantry and says, "Out of the kindness of their heart, to give the food away, and people are breaking in and stealing. I mean they are willing to give you the stuff to help you out."

Church officials say they will be upgrading security to try and put an end to these break-ins.

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